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Ming Bronze figure of a Seated Devotee or Disciple - HK.2010
Origin: China
Circa: 1368 AD to 1644 AD
Dimensions: 14" (35.6cm) high x 10" (25.4cm) wide
Collection: Chinese
Medium: Bronze

Additional Information: Hong Kong

Location: UAE
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This is a bronze sculpture of a devotee or disciple from Ming Dynasty. Seated in lotus posture, his hands form the namaskar gesture in front of his chest while holding a scarf upon his arms. He has long earlobes, plump cheeks, and the conventional three folds on his neck. Simplistic keyura hangs from his chest, highlighting his elegant robes. The details of his hair are extremely finely carved.

Devotees are always featured in the Buddha's life stories. They are portrayed attentively and sincerely absorbing the knowledge from the Buddha's teachings, while sometimes offer fruits and other food to the Buddha and his disciples. They form a solid base to support the sangha socially and economically.

The details on the lotus pedestal also provides some hints for dating. The angle between the two layers are more indented, the fine and long petals, as well as the tiny decorative triangular pattern which connects the two halves of the pedestal, all point to the Ming dynasty casting style. - (HK.2010)


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